The utility of effective population size in population management 2:estimating demographic history
2016 (English)In: Conservation Genetics, ISSN 1566-0621, E-ISSN 1572-9737Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Elucidating demographic history by tracking the fluctuations of effective population size (Ne) through time has helped uncover interesting insight into the ecology and evolutionary history of a wide array of populations and species. This field of research has seen many exciting methods put forth that together can retrieve the demographic history across many time scales and as such, it is becoming a very useful tool available for conservation practitioners. However, due to the inherent difficulties associated with estimating Ne, the literature can be very technical it is often unclear how methods differ in their assumptions and data requirements. Thus, the choice of which method to use for what purpose can be an extremely difficult one. With this review, we aim to first describe the major methods used to estimate demographic history and clarify their underlying requirements and assumptions. We then highlight some of the overarching motives to understand past Ne fluctuations and we conclude with advice about which methods to use to address these specific motives with a particular focus on the temporal resolution required.
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Effective population size, demographic history, population management, Msvar, PSMC, skyline plot
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-295477OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-295477DiVA: diva2:933821